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January 2019 Ridgeback Report

The university is proud to be hosting a Sexual Violence Prevention Summit for students on Saturday, January 19. We encourage all students to participate in the summit to contribute to the creation of an inclusive, supportive, consent-focused campus. Register by Friday, January 11.

Academic Services

  • Tip: Here are some goal setting tips: Stay focused and be attentive, flexible, and adaptable with your goals. If you are feeling overwhelmed by a goal, divide it into smaller objectives and set a goal for each part. View more tips on how to set goals.
  • What are you doing this September? Graduate application deadlines are coming quickly—most programs close for fall 2019 applications on Friday, February 1. Check out our blog entry about why staying at the university for grad studies will get you further ahead.


  • You can win $10,000 courtesy of the UOIT Student Union at the men’s hockey game on Friday, January 18 at the Campus Ice Centre. Puck drop against the Nipissing Lakers is at 7:30 p.m.—students are free.

  • The varsity hockey teams are hosting Bell Let’s Talk Day on Sunday, January 20. Come out to the Campus Ice Centre for a hockey double-header beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cheer on the team while joining the conversation about mental health.

  • Thursday, January 31 is Blue and White Night at the Campus Ice Centre. Come out and support the women’s hockey team as they take on the Laurier Golden Hawks. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to wear the Ridgeback colours!

Get Involved

  • This year’s Student Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, February 9. New this year—Student Engagement and Equity (SEE) is looking for student presenters to share their leadership stories and expertise by running their own sessions. If you are interested, submit your presentation proposal by Friday, January 11. Successful applicants will get presentation support from SEE and will receive a $25 honorarium.

  • Student Life is recruiting volunteers for a variety of student leadership positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Positions include Ambassadors, Equity Advocates, Digital Community Crew, International Student Orientation Leaders and Peer, and Senior Peer Leaders. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 18Learn more about our volunteer positions and how to apply.

  • Undergraduate Student Research Award projects will be posted on Monday, December 10. Applications are due on Monday, January 21. Visit the Office of Research Services website for more information, or email

  • This year’s Career Carnival is being held on January 28 to 30 in the Business and Information Technology Building, Atrium; and the 61 Charles Street Building, first floor. Drop by for job search tips, resumé reviews, food, prizes and more.

  • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) is happy to welcome Elder Carolyn King to the university from February 4 to 8. Among her many accomplishments, Elder King is the former Chief of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation—the first female Chief of that community. If you would like to meet Elder King, she will be available for one-on-one sessions. 

  • Join IECS in participating in the Next 150 campaign: a movement to promote reconciliation through action. IECS will be running tables throughout the month where you can learn, make a pledge on the reconciliation tree and take on a Next 150 challenge. with any questions.

  • The Student Learning Centre (SLC) and IECS are partnering again for SLC Reads. This semester’s novel is One Native Life by Richard Wagamese. Register now and submit your availability to enjoy a good book, meet new people and work toward reconciliation. For more information, email

Money matters

  • Don't forget to check MyCampus for winter term payment deadlines, as well as to review your tuition account balance.

  • Be sure your winter semester course load matches what's on your OSAP application—if not, this will delay the release of your funding. Make all necessary updates with the Student Awards and Financial Aid office.

  • There are many scholarship and bursary applications available on MyCampus, under the Awards and Financial Aid tab.

  • If you haven't applied for OSAP yet, it's not too late—apply now.

  • Applications are open for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program, which provides opportunities for upper-year undergraduates to gain international education experience. The program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 for an internship with one of our partner countries. Learn more and submit your application.


  • Tip: Remember to breathe while exercising. When resistance training, exhale on exertion. 

  • Tip: When starting a new exercise routine, make yourself accountable to your goals. Set obtainable milestones and track your progress.
  • The Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) winter group fitness schedule is out! There is a free week of classes from January 14 to 18.

  • The Active Living Challenge runs from Monday, January 14 to Thursday, February 14. Be active and win prizes! Head to the CRWC or Shop 61 for more details.

  • Athletics, and Student Engagement and Equity have partnered to bring you free self-defense classes. Beginning Monday, January 21 and ending Thursday, April 11, women’s classes will take place on Mondays from 2:10 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m., and all-gender classes on Mondays from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Email with any questions.